Camino Portuguese Coastal Route

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144.2km
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8 days
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This second section of Camino Portuguese Coastal Route takes you along the coast around to the Vigo estuary. You will get the opportunity to stay in the beautiful coastal cities of Baiona and Vigo before re-joining the traditional Camino Portuguese from Redondela to Santiago de Compostela. This region is known for its seafood, in particular, its oysters and scallops.
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Highlights

Walk the Camino Portuguese Coastal Route along the sea, in style! Starting from Oia to Santiago de Compostela

Walking the Camino can be an incredibly rewarding and fun time while also providing great exercise. But imagine walking along the most beautiful scenic coasts of Northern Spain.

With an experienced English speaking guide and bilingual in Spanish, we invite you to follow the Portuguese Way with a twist: the coastal route, alongside the amazing sea shores of North Portugal and Galicia, from Viana do Castelo to Santiago. Walk it between Sea and Earth with our Camino, Surf and Turf, Portuguese Coastal Route!

Walk the West coast of Portugal and Spain, and enjoy the sea!

You will start from Viana in Portugal, reaching Santiago while walking next to the most amazing sandy beaches of South Galicia, like the ones near A Guarda, Baiona and the famous Cies Islands, the Praya America. Go for a dip in the clear waters of the Vigo estuary and cross one of the most cultural and historic areas of Spain with medieval towns such as the beautiful Pontevedra and Baiona, the first ever city which heard about the discovery of America.  Oh, and this is an amazing route for gastronomy too with the best seafood Spain can offer: amazing percebes (barnacles), lobsters, oysters and of course, scallops!

Important: Follow The Camino guided trips are guaranteed at a minimum of 7 people registered. In case we do not reach this number, the tour will continue as self guided and we will refund the price of the guide to you.

Services

Included
  • Experienced Bilingual Guide
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • 7 Breakfasts and 7 Dinners
  • From/To Santiago Airport Transfer
  • Great mix of comfortable stay in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Holiday / Pilgrim Pack - sent to 1st Hotel
Add-On
  • Premium Accommodation in Santiago
  • Additional Night in Santiago
  • Day Tours Available
Not included
  • Flights / Train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks / Lunch

Itinerary

Day 1

OIA (Arrival)

Relax on your first night in this beautiful coastal village which is also home to the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Oya.


Day 2
17.6km

OIA
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BAIONA

From Oia, you will walk along a coastal footpath away from the main road. After 10km you will then continue along gorgeous coast line on boardwalk with stunning views on the Atlantic Ocean and the Cies islands.


Day 3
27.9km

BAIONA
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VIGO

The way out of the gorgeous town of Baiona will have you alongside a sandy beach for most of the day. You will have regular opportunity to stop in a local cafe along the beach. You will then enter a typical galician entrance of Vigo and maze of streets before entering Vigo via its wide sandy beach. Vigo is a very active city that you will reach after 3km walk through the harbour.


Day 4
34.1km

VIGO
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PONTEVEDRA

This walking day out of Vigo is a relatively short day and is mostly uphill going out of Vigo, but you are rewarded with wonderful views of the city and harbour. As this is not a very long day walking you may want to spend some time in Vigo and explore the bay area which is one of the settings for Jules Verne’s novel ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’. It is from this Bay that Captain Nemo pilfered his wealth to fund his submarine Nautilus from the galleons sunk by the British during the Battle of Vigo Bay in 1702.


Day 5
21km

PONTEVEDRA
to
Caldas De Reis

Passing chestnut groves, the Camino leaves Pontevedra and runs parallel to the railway for a while. After passing through the hamlet of Ponte Cabras, we encounter the rectory of Santa Maria de Alba, tucked away among pine and eucalyptus trees. Emerging from the dense woods of Lombo da Maceira, you’ll see a statue of Saint James the pilgrim, his staff pointing the way to proceed. The lovely village of Tibo, with its fountain, public washing place and stone cross, brings us to Caldas do Rei.


Day 6
18.7km

Caldas De Reis
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PADRON

Exiting the town, we take a bridge over the River Umia that leads us to a fountain of hot spring water that has lent the town its name since Roman times. Entering the woods once more, the Camino make its way gently uphill to the hamlet of Santa Marina. Going downhill, we cross the river Fontenlo. Finally, following a Camino lined with pine trees, we catch up again with the river as we arrive in Padron. Padron is famous for being the first land sighted by the ship bearing the body of St James.


Day 7
24.9km

PADRON
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SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

The Camino passes through many small villages and hamlets before arriving at the Baroque sanctuary of A Esclavitude. On a hilltop to the left stands the mysterious, abandoned ruins of the hillfort Castro Lupario.A few kilometres later, we come to the oldest wayside crosses in Galicia. As we near Agro dos Monteiros, it’s now possible to see the spires of the cathedral in Santiago. Finally, the Camino passes by the ruins of a castle known as A Rocha Vella, before entering the city of the Apostle.


Day 8

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

After breakfast, we bid you farewell. If you wish to stay in the area, we recommend that you: – Take your time and visit the magnificent historic centre – Continue with us along the wild “Camino Fisterra” (Finisterre Way), and stay overnight at the 2* hotel in the light house! – or take a bus to Fisterra. (Bus to fisterra: 9am, 10am, bus back in Santiago 16:45 & 19:00. takes 3hours) – Visit the unspoilt sandy coves and beaches of the west coast. With very few tourists, you are guaranteed a very special experience.


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